The week of the big event has finally arrived. Just five more sleeps and Maryann Grubisic will wed my son, John Graham Hadden, in Burlington, Ontario. Born just 48 hours apart, the happy couple will be surrounded by family and friends on Saturday afternoon, July 31st as they tie the proverbial knot.
As a family historian, I’m used to seeking out and examining the marriage records of ancestors – but this is different! It is a true excitement that envelopes the family, and especially a parent, when a child is getting married, evoking memories of your own wedding day. Maryann and John have done an incredible job in working through all the details of their special day – choosing a venue that provided all of the important features they wanted, special invitations that intoned that special request of “the honour of your presence,” and the colour coordination of bridal party formal wear.
In a pleasant break from tradition, John will have his sister Lisa as his Best ‘Person.’ I can recall wanting my brother, Bob to be my best man but as he was only 16 years old at the time, he was considered by law to be too young.
To John and Maryann – “May the winds o adversity ne’er blow open your door” and “May ye ne’er want a frien’, or a dram to gi’e him!”